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Posted by wittsd on April 04, 2003 at 17:50:41:
In Reply to: sounds good....and news from oregon posted by herpluver on April 03, 2003 at 18:23:59:
Thank you, Samuel (& everyone else on this)
> :i'm still contacting ppl and was able to contact both herp
> groups here on oregon, one didn't even know about the bill.
The entire *group* didn't know...? :(
Can believe that... we certainly seem to be lack (or late) with
much of our networking. More potential for future work on this?
In WA, are still getting owners coming out of the woodwork, some
of whom didn't know until they saw the proceedings of the 1st
April hearing on TV.
And, of course, *many* others who won't do anything since they
think they can cruise through without being affected.
> i also contacted vets and pet stores , i'm trying to arrange a
> letter writing campain, i have many ppl that do not even own
> herps that are going to send letters in.
Any advance plans for *next* year?
(Am still figuring out whether low/zero cost formalisation of
self-regulation- NO BANS!- is possible, to get a counter-bill to
1151/3065 on the books).
As noted, in WA these bills have been fended off in previous
years at state level, if not always at county/municipality
level (due largely to lack of awareness of their introduction).
It was the extreme push from CWAPC members combined with the
hyped focus on _public_ safety (unjustified, given DOH stats) and
the *apparent* willingness to compromise (i.e. only ban cougars,
venomous snakes, etc.) which has caused us trouble there, this
> i've been over the bill with a friend who is pretty good at
> understanding them, he found alot of it to be far to broad.
Would appreciate any in-depth analysis, as possible.
> and if washington is haveing some success that gives hope to
> us here in oregon. i work for the state and know how tight
> money is in the state, so i also figured the money
> could/would be a hang up point, since right now they are not
> paying for any regulations. and with this bill they will have
> to pay alot.
Agreed. Would seem to be a key factor by all accounts.
> i'm going to cotact the aggriculture department, since the
> bill says they will be in charge of running it, it would be
> great to get them to oppose it.
Good allies to have "on side". Thanks!
Are you on the 3065 alerts list & Phoenix, to keep tabs that
> well i'm off for now, have a few more ppl to visit.